Availability of Numbers And the IP Transition

FCC Commissioner Pai confirmed last week during his terrific speech at the Hudson Institute that Chairman Genachowski has circulated a draft order which would initiate a geographically limited trial gradually permitting VoIP providers to get direct access to telephone numbers without having to go through a local exchange carrier.  This is a great development on…

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AT&T Statement on FCC’s Adoption Of Signal Booster Standards

Attribute the following to an AT&T spokesperson: “AT&T is pleased that the FCC has adopted technical standards designed to protect our customers from interference caused by signal boosters while allowing well-designed boosters to remain in the marketplace.  For these standards to be most effective, however, it is important that they are coupled with appropriate enforcement…

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Exploring All Available Tools

by Stacey Black

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

AT&T is pleased to have recently joined into an MOU with our fellow carriers, Verizon and T-Mobile, and the U.S. Department of Defense to test the viability of sharing 95 MHz of spectrum that is currently used by DoD and other federal agencies.  This spectrum is located in the 1755 to 1850 MHz spectrum band, which…

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Beta Testing the Final Transition to IP Broadband

Today, we filed comments reaffirming our request to have the FCC conduct geographic trials to oversee the final transition away from the legacy POTS infrastructure that has served this country for more than 100 years.  I say the “final transition” because the reality is that the vast majority of consumers have already made this transition.  As US…

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Coming Soon: Telecom’s 1.5Mbps Bridge to Nowhere

Tuesday’s House Oversight Hearing with the FCC Commissioners highlighted once again the ongoing debate on the special access issue.  As a refresher, special access services are really not-so-special in today’s Internet age.  These services are generally legacy copper, TDM technology circuits – 95% of which deliver data at 1.5 Mbps, a speed that doesn’t even…

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Rewarding Misbehavior…

Earlier this week, I wrote about the special access order circulated at the Commission and explained why a backwards looking focus on legacy, practically-obsolete technology would lead to less fiber infrastructure investment, less innovation, less job creation and would be completely contrary to the Obama Administration’s goals in each of those areas.  Today, I am…

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